Booking System Funds
The council approved grant applications totaling over a half million dollars to the Gila River Indian Community.
Two of the grants were for Project Bridge, the nonprofit group that helps struggling families in Florence Unified School District. One application is for $100,000 to help Florence-area students in need of clothing and school supplies. The other is for $225,000 to help students who need breakfast and lunch during the summer of 2015.
The program was recently told it could not remain on school district property. Director Tonya Thompson told the council the program is now operating out of her house.
Rankin called Project Bridge “a wonderful program” which helps a lot of families.
The other grant requests were: $60,378 to repair the roof of the historic American Legion building; $40,000 to buy a booking work station for the Police Department; $20,854 to buy equipment for a video system for police officers; and $59,000 to buy a training simulator and software for officers, designed to help them practice good judgment in “shoot or don’t shoot” scenarios.
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